Doody Enterprises is the most trusted source of timely, expert reviews of newly published books and software in the health sciences.

Doody's Book Reviews™ database collects information on approximately 3,000 book and software titles each year from over 250 of the world's leading publishers of professional level health care publications. Expert reviews of about 2,000 of the titles each year are prepared by a network of more than 5,000 academically-affiliated healthcare professionals.

For each specialty, there is an Editorial Review Group Chair (ERG Chair) who coordinates reviews of titles in his/her field. The Chairs work with over 5,000 academically-affiliated clinicians who prepare a formatted review and fill out a ratings questionnaire for each title. The reviewer's name and affiliation appear with each review.

Unique to the review process is the star rating assigned to each review. The stars correlate to the numerical ratings that are derived from an 18-point questionnaire completed by the reviewer in the course of assessing the title. The questionnaire highlights 16 different elements (such as the authority of the authors, and the quantity, currency, and pertinence of the references) of the title. The reviewer must rate each element essentially on a 5-point scale.

The rating system helps ensure that each review is as fair and as objective as possible. Thus, Doody's Book Reviews™ incorporates a good blend of quantitative and qualitative analysis in its reviews. As a result, they have become well known around the world for reflecting a timely, expert, unbiased approach to rating medical publications.

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